Wild West Online teases upcoming state of the game report

    
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Howdy pard’ners, it looks like you’re fresh off the trail. Why don’t you hitch your wagon to our newsreel and let us entertain you for a spell.

Did you hear about this there Wild West Online? Sure, the game just triggered a mighty year-long delay before launch, but rumor is that it’s because this dev posse is working on a lot of features. They told Sam who told us that a state of the game report for January should be out soon, and boy howdy, will it contain some interesting information.

Didja hear that the native tribes are going to be added to this game as a faction? Sure ‘nough. It will be interesting to see how the developers wrassle that option without opening a whole can of worms, especially with the promised PvP faction wars brewing.

As per the development roadmap revealed last month, Wild West Online is now aiming for a winter 2018 release.

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Steinar Bergstøl

This… Looks like it could be fun. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for westerns (and more specifically the spaghetti western genre). Movies like “The Good, the bad and the ugly”, “For a fistfull of dollars”, “For a few dollars more”, “Unforgiven”, “Django Unchained”, “Pale Rider”, “Trinity”, “My name is Nobody”… I could go on and on. A western game which gets the mood right would be wonderful.

Also I want someone to some day make use of the Deadlands setting. It’s practically screaming to be translated into videogame form!

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Melissa McDonald

just an FYI you can be a Latino or Asian man as well as Caucasian currently. I would assume they will add African-American avatars too, and now we get confirmation they will have Native American avatars. Can’t say they aren’t being inclusive – if only they’ll add women!!!! (!!!)

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Knox Harrington

Well, you can’t have the Wild West without having women and African-Americans. More than half of the actual cowboys out west were black and latino. It was one of the few places in the country that blacks could get out from under the cloud of their former shackles and have a fair shake at a living. And women, well.. the bordellos basically bankrolled many businesses which helped build and establish towns so without the ladies providing their, uh, services, there essentially would be no West as it was back then. In fact, women had so much power and influence out west that the first state to give women the right to vote was Wyoming back when it was still a Territory. Utah followed suit soon after. Both decades ahead of their time.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Women were an integral part of the settling of the West. There’s lots of research that shows that towns founded by men, such as mining towns, were desperate for women to come and “civilize” them. Lots of newspaper ads, letters and diaries. Men wanted the niceties that women brought with them and the natural dampening of wilder male behavior that women provided.

(On the financial success of women who ran bordellos, I hope you’ve checked out Godless on Netflix, which has this as a late subplot. It’s interesting to see how the men naturally assume that the women need them to make decisions for them. Anyway, great show. Jeff Daniels is superb.)

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fufeminazi

“gne gne gne they’re not inclusive… gne gne gne I’m crying like a baby because they didn’t add women… gne gne gne… I’m a feminazi and you must do what I want otherwise I’m gonna start screaming and crying even more… gne gne gne”.
usual pathetic woman that doesn’t understand where she belongs… in the kitchen and in bed, that’s all.
women were whores in the wild west and now are even much more than that, they just scream around “aaaah he touched me! aaah I’ve been sexually harassed! aaah I’m gonna sue you and get a lot of money! aaaah I’ve been sexually abused! I’m a woman and everybody will always believe what I’d say, no matter what”.
you are the exact example of what is wrong with this world and the reason why is falling apart.
women are just cancer.

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Melissa McDonald

State of the game – gorgeous. You can create 4 characters currently. I will enjoy making my “Dolores” settler schoolmarm just as much as my proud Cherokee princess. Already researching for the perfect name, reading up on native languages. Can’t make a female avatar YET… grumbles.

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Godiva

Is it fun? Would you recommend it?

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Melissa McDonald

There is very little to do, it’s alpha not beta. However, it exists. You can explore. There are a few simple quests and gold mining available. Horseback riding and exploring is actually enjoyable.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

This might actually be the most interesting game announced in the past year. Too bad it’s open world PvP.

I imagine as it gets closer to release, they’ll start chatting up the PvE selling points, forgetting to mention there are no PvE servers or PvE quest structure, just PvE missions, meaning you aren’t required to kill other players to complete them. And, of course, the ever popular Settler profession, which comes with a ready-made, easy to find target on the back, made especially for those who choose to PvE in a PvP game and don’t quite understand their role.

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Melissa McDonald

To be fair, my login today first took me to an online poll, asking if Outlaws and griefers should lose their gear upon death. Community was 65% in favour of that. You’d have to be a PK’r to be labeled as such, so it seems to me the game devs are genuinely trying to find a balance between what is possible to do and what is desirable to do. I personally am desirous of very harsh penalties for griefing and unfair killings. I hate PvP. But I want to play a western. I think the devs are trying to find a balance, I will give them some benefit of the doubt there.

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they’ll start chatting up the PvE selling points, forgetting to mention there are no PvE servers or PvE quest structure

Or NPCs, beyond fetch-quest giver sand shopkeepers.

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Melissa McDonald

American kids have always enjoyed playing “cowboys and Indians”. Play the side you want, and Win! No politics required to enjoy that simple premise.

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BalsBigBrother

In this day and age not a snowballs chance of that simple premise actually being actually being a thing sadly.

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Steinar Bergstøl

Oh, trust me, it isn’t just American kids. Even here in Norway playing “cowboys and indians” was a big part of growing up when I was a kid (40-some odd years ago… egads, now I feel old). Heck, any kid with any sort of respect for himself had to make himself a bow of his own, and yes we all had knives and sometimes hatchets of our own and nobody thought that was in any way dangerous. I mean, without those tools how would we make bows or spears or even swords and stuff to play cowboys and indians, or vikings, or knights, or samurai and ninjas or…? Well, you get the point. :)

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Darthbawl

So it’s a state of the state of the game report report. :P

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agemyth 😩

Oh, they have sombreros now. That is the kind of substantial progress we should all praise in open development processes.

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I refuse to acknowledge Justin’s very unprofessional in-character voice for this article.